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Ancestry Library Edition  Only available inside any library branch.

Discover your family roots! This genealogical database contains records galore-- census, U.S. military, immigration, passenger lists, newspapers, court & land records, maps & forms, as well as birth, marriage & death records.This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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HeritageQuest  

Shake up that family tree and delve into the past! HeritageQuest is an extensive collection of resource materials for tracing family history. It includes federal census records, PERSI -an index to genealogy and local history periodical articles, a local history book collection, Freedman’s Bank records and Revolutionary War records. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Trenton Times Historical Archive  

Explore more than a century of valuable reporting on people, places and events from a major New Jersey newspaper that includes many major Ocean County news stories. Genealogists with any interest in New Jersey or eastern Pennsylvania families, history teachers, journalists or anyone with an interest in NJ history will find information here they’ll find nowhere else. There is easy to use full text searching in this digital resource. Dates included are May 05, 1883 to March 15, 1993. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library.


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Accessible Archives – American County Histories .  

Learn more about local history and genealogy with full text 19th century histories from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and more. Includes A History Of Monmouth And Ocean Counties: Embracing A Genealogical Record Of Earliest Settlers In Monmouth and Ocean Counties And Their Descendants, The Indians: Their Language, Manners And Customs by Edwin Salter, published in 1890 and History Of Monmouth County, New Jersey by Franklin Ellis published in 1885. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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Accessible Archives – 18th and 19th Century Newspapers and Magazines  

Full text access to a collection of 18th and 19th century newspapers including The Liberator (1831-1865), Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), and The New York Herald (1860 – 1865) Explore primary newspaper sources covering the American Revolution, the Civil War and more. The Civil War collection includes eyewitness accounts, official battle reports and general coverage of America during the Civil War from arts and leisure, sports and social life. The African American newspaper collection includes major African-American newspapers published in the United States during the 19th century. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.
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America's Obituaries  

Find obituaries and death notices from over 600 U.S. newspapers (coverage varies depending on the newspaper). This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.



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